I’ve been able to fill my time rather well today, but let’s just say, I’m glad I have plans the rest of the week and that Josh will be back on Saturday 🙂
This morning, I was a little on the cool side and pretty hungry (as opposed to yesterday morning) so I made an old favorite…pumpkin raisin PB oat bran.
I made this with 1/3 cup oat bran, 2/3 cup skim milk and 1/3 cup water on the stove, then added 1 tbsp toasted wheat germ, pumpkin pie spice and some brown sugar. I also threw some chopped walnuts on top.
This breakfast was exactly what I wanted and kept me going most of the morning!
I had a Z bar around 11:00, but at 8:44 I had thought I wanted or needed it. So I asked myself that question “Is this hunger or something else?” and couldn’t say for sure, so I kept on working, drank some water and chewed some gum, all which took that feeling away. Have I mentioned how much I love being intuitive?!
Lunch was a can of Hormel veggie chili with 2 tbsp fat free sour cream.
This filled me up so well. I had a pear an hour or so later and then this pre-workout snack around 4:00:
This yogurt was okay but a little too runny for me. But it was cheap this week, so I went for it.
My workout was a 30-minute cardio workout. I started out on the treadmill – walked for 1 minute, ran for 8 minutes (5.0,6.0,5.5,6.5,6.0,7.0,6.5,7.5) and then walked for a minute cool down. I love running 7.5 mph even if its only for a minute! Then I did 10 minutes (fat burning program) on the stair master and then 10 on the bike. I like breaking it up because you get to use different machines (and muscles) and don’t get bored as quickly. This workout flew by and I was a sweaty mess!
For dinner, I wasn’t sure what I wanted so I took my time, walked the dog and took a shower before I started cooking, which also helped work up a real appetite and not just eating because it’s dinner time!
I knew I had some cauliflower in the fridge I wanted to use up, so I decided roasting would be fun because I’ve never done it with cauliflower before. I used this recipe with a few slight modifications and it came out looking like this:
I had a serving with a Quorn chik’n patty on whole wheat bread with organic ketchup and a leaf of romaine. I’m so excited there are leftovers of the cauliflower, it was amazing!
Then I took the doggie for a 45-minute walk (the weather is just too nice not to) and then went ahead and baked again! I have dessert for our girl’s night potluck (which is relocating to my house this week!) so I went back to another old favorite, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins!
I’ve also been cleaning up a storm to get ready for tomorrow. Finally, I sat down to watch Tori and Dean and enjoyed some dessert.
I think this weekend I will get some fresh fruit to top the ice cream with so it can be sort of like Ce Fiore (although I get M&M’s sometimes there too, haha). Then after this container is gone, I’m not buying it again for a while. I want it to really be a treat and not a habit.
Luckily too, Josh loves French vanilla so he can have some when he gets home 😉
So, enough about me, how was your day?
For breakfast, I had a bowl (1.5 cups) of Multigrain Cheerios with 1% milk (1 cup) and 1 medium sliced banana. I was either very tired, hungry, or both yesterday morning because I have no recollection of even thinking about taking a picture of breakfast, oops! I also had a cup of black coffee at work after the gym.
For my morning workout, I did 15 minutes on the elliptical, upping my levels to 7-10, burning about 150 calories. Then I did some weights and other exercises for 30 minutes:
Chest presses – 10 lbs, 2×15
Bicep curl + Shoulder press – 10 lbs, 2×15
Tricep extensions – 10 lbs, 2×15
The upper body exercises were quite challenging since I had not done them in a week and I increased their reps for the first time!
Hip Adductor/abductor machine – 65 lbs, 2×15 (each exercise)
Lower back machine – 90 lbs, 2×15
Leg extension machine – 50 lbs, 2×15
Leg curl machine – 50 lbs, 2×15
“Regular” crunches – 1×20 + 10 “pulses”
Clamshell crunches – 1×15
Bicycle crunches – 2×30
Woo, I’m feeling it today too 😉
Since I worked out and burned off some calories, I became quite hungry around 10:30’ish and decided to go ahead and have a morning snack instead of that early a lunch or ignoring my hunger any longer. I had this bar on reserve: Planters Big Triple Nut Bar.
This bar contains “honey roasted peanuts, almonds and cashews mixed with chewy granola.”
It tasted amazing! It sort of reminded me of a nutty candy bar only I can’t recall which one because it’s been so long since I’ve had most of them!
The nutritionals were okay, this bar comes in at 220 calories, 7 g protein, 3g fiber, unsaturated fat (from the nuts) and 110% DV of Vitamin E. I can’t remember all of the ingredients and can’t locate them on the site yet, but I do remember that this bar DID NOT contain partially hydrogenated anything, high fructose corn syrup, or common artificial sweeteners (that I’m aware of).
It was also a great snack…I did not need lunch for two more hours! I would definitely buy this bar again, in moderation, and once the peanut butter scare is over, I would like to try the other flavor, peanut + peanut butter. These bars were in a bin on sale at Kroger, 3/$1.
Lunch was another really great sandwich: Hormel natural turkey, 2% cheddar cheese, spinach and mustard on whole wheat bread. Speaking of which, here is the bread I am currently using: Healthy Life soft style 100% whole wheat bread.
This bread was on sale this past week at Kroger and I picked it up because it had no HFCS, artificial sweeteners, and fit the 100% whole grain carb criteria. Each 2-slice serving is just 130 calories too, which also helped me out a great deal. I love really thick, dense breads, but those also tend to be calorie dense. I will get them every once in a while, but for sandwiches, I think I’m going to stick to moderate whole wheat bread to keep the calories a bit lower. Next time though, I think I will opt for the non-soft style type. Just a personal preference.
I also had some veggies, Green Giant’s Sugar Snap Peas. These were so amazing and I love how you can just throw the package in the micro for a few minutes and voila! These were really sweet tasting and were not drenched in sauce like some other veggies. I ate the entire thing (just over a cup)!
I rounded out lunch with a pickle and an orange. It was a very colorful, tasty and satisfying lunch. I have done quite well with lunches this week, eh?
I was so thrilled, this meal lasted me 4 hours! I even though about skipping my afternoon snack, but I did start rumbling before I left work so I went ahead and had it so I wouldn’t be starving when I got home.
This is major…I think I have had the best yogurt ever, in my life. I love a lot of yogurts but this one really got me.
I love how they keep the yogurt and the fruit topping separate! It makes it fun to mix up yourself 🙂
I am almost speechless, this yogurt is absolutely perfect.
The consistency and taste were like that of any other greek yogurt. In fact I’d had Fage before, but never with cherry and I believe I got the fat free (0%) kind. I think the 2% is actually better. But oh that cherry flavor. I loved this yogurt so much that I took the tiniest bites possible to make it last longer!
I’m also impressed with the nutritionals…just 130 calories, 11 g protein, no fake ingredients! You can view their nutritional statement here.
Is that not a beautiful picture (above)?
I loved it because it really satisfied me and held me long enough to finish work, go home, walk the dog, and take my time cooking a very tasty dinner!
I knew I would be having chicken that I grilled on the George Foreman, but I decided to be different and add some Mrs. Dash Lemon Pepper seasoning. I love the Mrs. Dash line because they are salt free, made from real ingredients, and just a little bit goes a long way for flavor, they also have a big variety. This added a nice touch to my chicken.
I also had some steamed brussel sprouts sprinkled with S+P, my other half of sweet potato, topped with cinnamon + fat free cottage cheese, and a slice of whole wheat toast topped with Smart Balance spread. I still wanted something to dip the chicken in, so I checked the fridge and read through the ingredients on our bottle of Habanero ketchup — no HFCS, sucralose, etc. So I had a little bit on the side.
This was such a good meal and really hit the spot. After I ate, I flossed and brushed my teeth and sat on the couch with the dog watching the news. After my food settled, I got dressed and went to play volleyball for 1.5 hours!
It was such a good night, I definitely feel like I got my exercise this week not to mention my morning workout on top of it 🙂
When I got home, I treated myself to a nice bubble bath and then finished a great night off with some chamomile tea and applesauce topped with blackberries, plus some Nip/Tuck with the hubby.
I’m feeling really great and blessed this week. Hope you all are too!